How does your body react to clutter? What comes to mind when you think of clutter?
Motivation experts suggest that you schedule your priorities and to not just prioritize your schedule. This means you should put focus on things that are important to you so they don’t get put off by daily routines. I don’t know about you but my first thought is that decluttering an area is not a priority in my life. There are many other great things I want to accomplish first. But what if that clutter is not allowing you to accomplish your priorities?
On my Facebook page, I do a “healthy challenge” each week. I posted a challenge to “declutter” my office and invited my followers to join me. You might be wondering how “decluttering” my office is a healthy challenge. Do you remember how I mentioned the negative impact clutter has on my body? I decided it was time to make “decluttering” my office a priority.
I spend numerous hours in my office every day. I have a nice big window to let the sunshine in on me and inspirational quotes hanging around the room. You would think that positive environment would have me energized and ready to take on my priorities. Well, I left something out.
Besides the sunshine and inspirational messages, my office has been over taken with those handy little sticky notes. I also have a great collection of pens and pencils that I keep grabbing from other rooms. Don’t forget the coffee or tea cup from yesterday. Is it just me or do you experience similar clutter in your office or other locations that affect your life?
This clutter stress is wreaking havoc on my energy and in return I am not accomplishing as much as I set out to do each day. This “healthy challenge” is going to get me motivated to remove that clutter stress in my office because I now understand why I need to do it. I want my office to be an environment that motivates me and to have a feeling of positive energy.
How am I taking on this challenge? Earlier in the week I scheduled 15 minutes on the calendar to really look at my office. I focused on what my ideal setup would be at my desk. I looked at what items calm me and bring me positive energy. I scheduled another 30 minutes on the calendar the next day so I could start sorting and purging items. Knowing I had a set time motivated me to stay on task. After a couple days I scheduled another 30 minutes on my calendar to review how my decluttering impacted my work. This will also be an opportunity for additional purging or organizing the office. Wow! I can feel the difference in my mood already. I didn't make major changes but rearranged and tossed items that didn't fit within my vision.
Now the challenge is on for you! Pick an area of your life and schedule time now to declutter it. Schedule time allotments that are realistic but not too long that you get side tracked. The goal is to stay focused. What’s in your environment that stresses you out the most? Is it the mail that keeps piling up on the kitchen counter and now you dread meal time? What about your desk? Is it keeping you from feeling the positive energy you need to be productive?
I would love for you to share your stories or pictures of how you knocked out clutter for your health! Comment below or post it on Facebook!